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Congregation Beth Israel is a home congregation for many interfaith couples and families, and we welcome you.
Non-Jewish spouses and parents are invited to join in prayer and festival observances and may participate on committees and auxiliaries of the congregation. They play a central role in their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
We partner with InterfaithFamily.com, a great resource for interfaith families. Try reading this article:First Steps into Synagogue Life.
We are also part of Big Tent Judaism, a group of Jewish communal institutions which strive to create an inclusive and welcoming Jewish community.
If you are unfamiliar with how to celebrate Judaism and lifecycle events, we have many options for learning.
Our Introduction to Judaism class is offered every year. We also have many learning programs throughout the year. You may also study privately with our clergy.
Here are two helpful bibliographies: Resources on Interfaith Resources about God
We invite you to explore our website pages on Lifecycles. These pages will provide more information about each lifecycle event.
Another helpful website: Union for Reform Judaism Outreach
Try coming to our worship services to learn about Judaism. You will experience a sequence of inspired prayers that will move your soul. There will be a greeter by the door to the service who will welcome you and answer your questions.
Interested in learning more? Begin a conversation with Rabbi Michael Pincus, 860-233-8215, x2280.
He will guide you on how to move forward.
We at Congregation Beth Israel consider it a privilege to be part of the sacred moment of a wedding. If you are an interfaith couple who wish to use Jewish traditions to start your lives together, we at Beth Israel are happy to guide and counsel you through the process. From the moment of engagement through the breaking of the glass, we work with each couple to ensure that their marriage is as wonderful as the ceremony itself. Please be in touch with the clergy so that we can help you. Rabbi Michael Pincus, 860-233-8215, x2280.
Statement of our Outreach Program: The outreach program at Beth Israel supports interfaith families, Jews by choice, and reaches out to the unaffiliated in their quest for spiritual fulfillment, learning, and social affiliation within a dynamic, welcoming, and caring Jewish community. We offer an active, enthusiastic committee and a trained outreach fellow to help you and your family celebrate Judaism and explore the challenges of lifecycle events and interfaith relationship. Our Learning Center has a section dedicated to resources for interfaith families. The resources are available for loan.